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Sand Point and Sand Bay



Helena Crouch




11th September 2022
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Leader: Helena Crouch (Note 2pm not 2.30!)

Sand Point is a Carboniferous limestone promontory, home to Honewort Trinia glauca, Somerset Hair-grass Koeleria vallesiana and other treasures of open rocky limestone grassland, with additional maritime interest. We should see Rock Sea-lavender Limonium procerum, Pale St John’s-wort Hypericum montanum, Ivy Broomrape Orobanche hederae, Autumn Ladies-tresses Spiranthes spiralis and vegetative Cheddar Pink Dianthus gratianopolitanus, introduced here in the 1950s and thriving. Sand Bay has a good range of species typical of saltmarsh, strandline and sand-dunes, including Common Sea-lavender Limonium vulgare, Long-bracted Sedge Carex extensa and Marsh-mallow Althaea officinalis.

Meet in the National Trust car park at the northern end of Beach Road, Kewstoke (ST330659). NT members park free, but need to display a membership card. Non-members are asked to pay £5 using the PayByPhone app.

Please note that there are no toilets at Sand Point, but there are some at the middle car park of Sand Bay (ST332646). They charge 30p!

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